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'Real Madrid Are Obsessed With Signing Neymar'

With superstar Neymar having been heavily linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid in the past few months, a high-profile football personality has now claimed that Los Blancos are obsessed with the idea of signing the Brazil international.

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Journalist, award-winning author and LaLiga commentator Graham Hunter has interviewed some of the biggest names in world football, including the likes of Messi and the aforementioned Neymar.

Soccer Laduma caught up with Hunter recently to discuss what he thinks the future holds for the Paris Saint-Germain forward, who has gone through some difficult moments since leaving FC Barcelona last year.

Over the past two months, Real have released two statements denying official approaches for the 26-year-old, which Hunter believes shows they are still planning to secure his signature next season.

"I absolutely agree that Real Madrid are obsessed with getting him and want to get him and I think that when they released those statements it was to protect their image because they’ve already come to the conclusion that were not getting him in this summer," he told Soccer Laduma (you can read the full interview in this week's newspaper, issue 1084).

"And I think it's an interesting case whereby the player is not ready to go war with his club. The player this time does not have a buyout clause as he did at Barcelona.

"If Neymar is sold to Real Madrid in this summer, it can only be because UEFA threatens to strip their European licence away because they believe PSG have breached Financial Fair Play, which I'm not sure they have.

"I agree that Real were saving face by denying an approach for Neymar this summer. If you asked me what I think will happen next summer, what I estimate will happen, I think Neymar will probably end up at Madrid.

"But what I'd like to happen more than anything else is for him to mature."

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Neymar has scored 28 goals and assisted a further 16 goals in 31 matches for PSG since his arrival at the club.

You can read our interview with Graham Hunter in this week's issue of Soccer Laduma, edition 1084.

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